Transportation updates from Cedar Park, Leander for February 2020

ONGOING PROJECTS

1 Metro Drive extension

This project extends Metro Drive from the Capital Metro Leander Station to Mel Mathis Boulevard. The city is working on construction of a bridge for the road, just north of Leander Station, according to city spokesperson Mike Neu. Construction began last July and is expected to last through May.

Timeline: July-May 2020

Cost: $3.8 million


Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

2 San Gabriel Parkway extension

This project will connect San Gabriel Parkway from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The central portion of the roadway, or Phase 1 of the project, is 60% complete, according to Neu. Design plans for Phase 2 are 95% complete.

Timeline: November 2018-TBD

Cost: $1.56 million

Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

RECENTLY COMPLETED

3 Ronald Reagan Boulevard

The speed limit on a 1-mile stretch of Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Leander has been reduced from 65 mph to 50 mph, according to the Leander Police Department. The speed-limit reduction went into effect from approximately the RR 2243 intersection north to the Palmera Ridge Boulevard intersection. New signage was installed the week of Jan. 20-24, according to LPD.

Completion date: Jan. 24

Funding source: Leander Public Works

RECENT UPDATES

4 Brushy Creek North Fork Trail

Once complete, this trail will run 3 miles, mostly along the north fork of Brushy Creek. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization selected the project to receive nearly $2.7 million in federal funding. The city of Cedar Park will be responsible for non-construction-related expenses of the trail, such as the design and environmental review of the trail, according to city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. The project is in the design stage, according to Huerta, which will be completed after environmental permitting review and easement acquisition.

Timeline: construction to start in 2021

Cost: $3.2 million

Funding sources: CAMPO, Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board)

5 Bicycle lane additions, Phase 1A

The project adds 470,000 feet of bicycle lanes to existing pavement on A Brushy Creek Road, B Little Elm Trail, C New Hope Drive and D Buttercup Creek Boulevard in Cedar Park. The city initially only received one proposal, and that exceeded the project budget. After rebidding the project for the general marking contract, which closed in January, Huerta said a contract should be brought before City Council in the near future. Striping the bicycle lanes should begin in the spring, according to Huerta.

Timeline: spring 2020-TBD

Cost: $350,000

Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board)

6 Bell Boulevard realignment

The project relocates a portion of Bell Boulevard between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Cedar Park Drive to the alignment of Old Hwy. 183. The new road will be a four-lane, divided roadway. The project is part of a larger effort to redevelop this area into a mixed-use development. Substantial utilities relocation began Jan. 20 near the middle of the planned realignment, according to Huerta. Overhead utilities will be put underground, according to city documents. Construction on the Bell realignment is expected to begin in the spring.

Timeline: spring 2020-fall 2021

Cost: $24 million

Funding source: Cedar Park 2015

voter-approved road bonds

UPCOMING PROJECTS

7 East Street construction

The project involves the construction of a two-lane road from RM 2243 to Hero Way. Parallel parking will be on both sides of the street. The project is on hold while the Federal Emergency Management Agency reviews a conditional letter of map revision, which the city anticipates FEMA will approve, according to Neu.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $3,223,617

Funding source: city of Leander

8 Raider Way and East Woodview Drive improvements

To improve traffic flow around Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School, the city plans to widen Raider Way and East Woodview Drive. Raider will be widened to four lanes from East Woodview to East Crystal Falls Parkway, and East Woodview will be widened to four lanes from Toll 183A to Raider. The city plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Raider and East Woodview, according to Neu. The expected start date is June, according to Neu.

Timeline: June 2020-late 2021

Cost: $7.86 million

Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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